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news to tell you about after washington, following the first examination of the newborn panda. the tiny cub got off to a healthy start. the animal showed vibrant signs of life. at the end of the ten-minute exam vets were happy to learn the newborn has a steady heartbeat and functioning organs. a second exam is scheduled for tomorrow. >>> here is the first look at this morning's scrambled politics. ruth gader ginsburg vows to stay on the court, calling it one of the most activist courts in history. suzanna martinez and west virginia congresswoman shelly mark ped dough are two of the prominent women leaders mentioned by a new super pac. recruiting more republican women to run for office. >>> thousands rallied in washington saturday for the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march on washington. john lewis talked about what it was like before that historic march. >> when i first came to washington in 1961, the same year that president barack obama was born to go on freedom rides, black people and white people couldn't be seated on a bus or a train together to travel through the south. >> former
from washington with a preview. what about these new proposals do we expect to hear from the president? >> we expect him to talk about saving money. the real focus is going to be the middle class. and part of that is going to be restructuring how we do mortgages, trying to prevent the collapse of a freddie mac and fannie mae that we saw over the last several years and putting a lot more private money behind mortgages. he's also going to talk about the white house says saving $3,000 per family by making it easier to get mortgages and easier to refinance. for example, wiping out closing costs. if you re-fi to a lower term. what's significant here is where he's saying it. going back to arizona where he first addressed this issue four years ago. >> thank you. >>> and now here is your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. here's something you don't hear every day. a politician being open about their future plans. wendy davis did that monday while addressing the national press club. >> i can say with absolute certainty that i will run for two offices. either the state sena
to washington and a major announcement set for today from the justice department. attorney general eric holder looking the way some drug offenders are punished. today, the attorney general will direct federal prosecutors to move away from the severest mandatory sentences. it will affect low-level, nonviolence drug offenders. suspects will be charged with crimes that range from months or years, allowinging the judge to decide the length of a sentence. the justice department says it's to reserve the harshest penalties for drug traffickers. >>> there's been new criticism of president obama in his handles of russian president vladimir putin. some republicans say it's not enough. danielle lee joins us live from washington with details. >> reporter: the overwhelming message out of washington, is that president obama needs to be careful as he tries to strike a balance, restoring the public trust and protecting national security. while vacationing on martha's vineyard, president obama couldn't escape a moment of frustration on the golf course. back in washington, more troubles await the commander in c
. starting this week, people from all over will gather to celebrate. melissa mollet is in washington with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. nice to see you. that's right, this really has been in the works for years. now the count on is on dozens of events planned for this weekend and into next week here in washington. two major marches rallied as crews continued to prepare the area by the lincoln memorial. that's where hundreds of thousands gathered for the march 50 years ago. renovations to the mlk memorial done just in time for the festivities. the president is set to honor the anniversary on the very steps where he stood in 1963. the main commemoration will take place this saturday. tens of thousands of people expected to travel from all over the country to rally at the lincoln memorial. >> melissa mollett in washington, thanks very much for that. >>> and now for our weather forecast. >> i find it interesting that we ran out of money for the fires. >> a lot of fires burning. >> but it hasn't especially been all that bad? i was looking up the stats. we have 51 fires burning ac
to washington with a full agenda including the crisis in egypt. >>> premeditated murder. did the blade runner plan to kill his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. >>> the most expensive road car ever sold at auction. very good morning. nice to see you. >>> we begin with developing news out of south africa, a premeditated murder indictment handed out to oscar pistorius. prosecutors say that he shot his model girlfriend reeva steenkamp with the intent to kill. we're live in pretoria, south africa. what happened inside the courtroom? >> veronica, the hearing was down in 15 minutes. this was just a formality, just to set the date of the trial. which is march 3rd 2014. he didn't read the charges as expected. after the hearing was over, we spoke to a state prosecutor that confirmed to us that the charges are still premeditated murder, they believe that pistorius that reeva was in that bathroom when he fired those shots. most interesting on the indictment some of the state witnesses heard a woman scream, followed by gun shots, and then the woman screaming. veronica? >> claudio, thank you. >>> more bloodshed
injured in the fires. >>> turning now to washington and the talks. president obama canceled next month's planned meeting with vladimir putin. while it's not a complete return to the cold war, there is a chill in the air between the u.s. and russia. tracie potts joins us live now from washington with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, they're filling that chill here on capitol hill. interestingly though, republicans and democrats are supporting the president but republican house speaker john boehner, he says this is proof that relationship between the u.s. and rush why has collapsed. >> and first impression they got -- >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry and chuck hagel are set to meet their russian counterparts in russia tomorrow even though preb canceled his moscow summit with russian president vladimir putin. >> we were not at the point in our progress on a number of these issues where a summit at the presidential level was the most constructive step. >> reporter: there are disagreements over arms control and human rights. but the last straw was russia giving wh
press ken -- nbc's tracie potts joins us live in washington with a preview. tracey, good friday morning. >> coming up, the president's headed off to martha's vineyard for nine days so he wants to get some things on the record first. and it's not unusual to see these end of summer news conferences. let's talk about some of the issues that may come up. russia for certain, this is the first time that we will have heard from the president publicly since the white house announced that meeting, that one-on-one summit with russian president vladimir putin has been cancelled. what does the president think about that and how does he move the white house forward? also how big of a deal was giving asylum to edward snowden and how is the u.s. going to continue to try to get him back, that is very likely to come up. not to mention these terror threats, the new one you mentioned that shut down the consulate there and the earlier one that shut down 19 embassyings and consul lalts. >>> and a quick programming note, msnbc will have life coverage of the presidential news conference at 3:00 p.m. eastern t
in washington with the latest. tracy, good morning. >> good morning. there is height ened concern about that threat because today is the 15th anniversary of our dead will he bombings in tanzania and kenya. 200 people were killed there. as a result of the tension and concern in that region, there is something that caught our eye there today, a huge fire in kenya this morning. >> reporter: there's nothing going in or out of kenya's airport this morning because of this huge fire. no word if it's connected to today's 15th anniversary of deadly bombings at our embassy there and in tanzania. the whole region is on alert. 19 u.s. embassies and consulates remain closed all week due to a terror threat. on jay leno last it in, president obama said it's a reminder. >> violence extremism is still out there. and we've got to stay on top of it. >> reporter: the air force evacuated 100 americans from our embassy in yemen based on -- >> an immediate specific threat. >> reporter: but not new. intelligence officials caught yemen's al qaeda leader talking to the head of al qaeda, planning an attack. >> al
. >>> we turn now to what washington calls a growing security threat. there is word that dozens of american embassies this morning are being ordered to shut down this coming sunday. tracie potts joins us with the latest on this. what do we know about why this move was being made? betty, we know that the threat is time specific. in other words, they have a sense that something is going to happen on sunday, they just don't know where. that's why out of an abundance of precautions, that's what the state department says, they're shutting down all of these embassies. we have a list of them, 15 in all. we can show you some of them. they are primarily throughout the middle east and asia. one in kabul. baghdad, along with several others. sources tell us that this is the end of ramadan which ends on wednesday. ironically, it is also president obama's birthday on sunday and iran is installing a new president on sunday. they don't think it's related to either of those. the information is that it's related to ramadan and that's why the embassies will be shutting down. >> tracie, thank you very much. >>
. there are town halls in at least nine states. melissa is live in washington with more. good morning. >> good morning to you, mara. nice to see you. nine cities in 11 days. some wondering if the tour is headed in the right direction. >> this is an urgent time to stop what we think is a very destructive law. >> after a kickoff last night in arkansas, the town hall road show rolls on. next stop, dallas. >> there is no more important regulatory reform we can do than to reveal every single word of obamacare. >> senator cruz and the heritage foundation hoping to whip up enough support to gut president obama's affordable care act. >> the one unifying principal in the republican party is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. >> this as a potential government shutdown looms, whether government funding and health care funding should be linked. will these town halls help republicans gain momentum? >> we're here, we're loud, we're proud and we're going to fight tooth and nail to make sure congress stops this. >> two groups are spreading the word in town halls and others are spreadin
foreign correspondent richard engle has the story. >> reporter: washington says this is not about regime change, that the united states doesn't want to get involved in syria's civil war. they said this will simply be a punitive action so that the use of chemical weapons does not go unnoticed and unchallenged. >> there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in syria. the syrian regime. >> reporter: the leader of the free syrian army tells us that he hopes three days of military strikes will just be enough to topple the regime, that it could weaken bashar al assad's grip on power just enough that the syrian rebels will be able to finish the mission and drive him from power. in order to do that, the leader of the free syrian army told us that in conjunction with a western military action that the rebels will launch their own offensive. they've already begun the stockpile ammunition. some new ammunition has been arriving. they have been confirmed to us. the question now is what will that leave the united states and what will it leave syria if the bashar al as
right now in washington. some are arguing that whatever the administration does will not be strung enough and that the administration should go further and more aggressively into regime change mode of assad. there's no appetite for that. and that's a very unrealistic. there's others saying that it's possible assad could strike through proxys into israel with chemical weapons or that he may do nothing. one doesn't quite know. so the messages that the administration sends to iran, to russia, to jordan, to turkey, to all of these players are a critical piece of ensuring this does not get out of hand and the message that the president said last night he is trying to deliver that assad should never use these again, that that message is made loud and clear. >> it's a critical time. joel reuben, thank you for your insight. >> my pleasure. >>> firefighters in california are adding a drone to their arsenal in the fight against an unrelented wildfire. the drone seen right here, it gives firefighters a bird's eye view of any portion of the flames. it's remotely piloted hundred of miles away b
, washington. >>> alex rodriguez may be banned from baseball on the very day he returns to the naj ors. at high noon today the mlb is expected to ban a-rod through the 2014 season for alleged connections to a florida clinic that administered performance-enhancing drugs. joe girardi confirmed a-rod will play his first game of the season tonight at the chicago white sox. jay gray has more on the mlb announcement. >> reporter: we expect the announcement around noon. a-rod not the only player involved here. we expect 12 to 14 major leaguers will receive suspensions. most of those 50-game suspensions which will have them banned for the rest of the season. for a-rod it looks like more than 200 games, through the 2014 season, they say because of evidence that shows he used performance-enhancing drugs for at least three seasons and then tried to interfere with the investigation into biogenesis, that anti-aging clinic that is allegedly provided these major league players with the performance-enhancing drugs. a-rod has said he will continue to fight any suspension and that he will join the team in chicag
is in washington. tell us what's in store. >> reporter: betty, you saw the crowds over the weekend. tomorrow is the actual anniversary. there's a program planned, four hours of speeches and presentations. the highlight of that is at the end president obama delivering a speech at the very site where martin luther king delivered his i have a dream speech 50 years ago. that's happening tomorrow, but there are some events leading up to that today. at the white house, a film screening hosted by first lady michelle obama. she'll be speaking there. there's an educational response happening there as well. the big event, hundreds of thousands of people expected here on the national mall tomorrow. >> that's going to be quite a sight. thank you, tracie. >>> some stories making news. george zimmerman's legal team wants the state of florida to cover some of his legal fees. they're seeking between 200 and $300,000. >>> a second teen accused of beating delbert belton to death on monday, the 16-year-old is being held on $2 million bail is charged with first degree murder and first degree robby. >>> monday m
things around here. >>> there's a new round of evacuations in washington as a massive wildfire continues to burn. the blaze is only 8% contained. authorities declard a state of emergency and implemented a stadewide ban on outdoor fires until the end of september. that's a look at our forecast. i'm joined by bill. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. august 1st means adifferent thing to certain people. to weather people it means the real start to hurricane season and some the end of summer. >> why is that always on the mind of weather people. >> i know, this is the way we work. this is the mountain we're about to climb. this is where we are today. this is the graph representing frequency of tropical storms. that's why the next six weeks you should watch. remember, the predictions are 7 to 11 hurricanes. we haven't had any yet. typically we get our first one in the beginning of august. there is nothing out there. it is quiet. there's quick ets in the atlantic. this is fantastic news. a lot of sand off the coast of africa. we're in the clear for the first week of august. as far as what
earlier this year to merge. now the government said not so fast. we're live in washington with all of the details. >> reporter: good morning. the concern is this merger would create a lack of competition and rising prices. reagan international, this airline would control 69% of takeoffs and landings. to fly under a new logo could be permanently grounded. they're suing to stop the merger. >> they tend to contract the markets, less routes, higher prices. >> reporter: in a joint statement, the airways are vowing to fight back. blocking this procompetitive merger will deny customers access to a broader airline. >> not only become a bigger airline but also something so much greater. >> reporter: the deal would have been the latest airline megamerger following united delta. >> this industry has a track record of too many planes and too many records. it's going be a badly damaged industry. >> reporter: at airports around the country passengers have been worried. >> when northwest and delta merged it cut down on the availability of flights. >> reporter: air travel ering paying more for lug
in history could spend the rest of his life in prison. melissa mollet joins us live from washington. >> good morning, mara. this hearing in just about five hours. 10:00 this morning bradley manning will know how much of his life he will spend in a military prison. of course he has already been behind bars for about 3 1/2 years. the 25-year-old former intelligence analyst was convicted in july of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to we canky leaks. his case of course considered the largest leak of classified documents in history. he's been found guilty of 20 criminal charges, now facing up to 90 years in jail. as i mentioned, he's already served 3 1/2 years. prosecutors asking the u.s. army colonel to sentence manning to 60 years in jail. his attorney asking for leniency, about 25 years instead. manning has said he's sorry for his actions and for hurting the united states. >> all right, melissa mollet, thanks so much. >>> turning to a chilling revelation in an oklahoma shooting, prosecutors say three teenagers targeted, shot and killed 22-year-old christopher lane simply b
. >> this guy is after your heart. he did this to his lawn. a washington fan so rabid, he turns it into a redskins logo made of colored stones and look closely in front. he's saying stand back. i've got the yellow caution tape. do not tread on my lawn. >> i think there's a business venture there because a lot of sports fans might want their team's logo. >> some say bring it to fedex field, right? >> thanks, richard. >>> time to dig a little deeper into our top political stories of the day. we're joined by boris epstein, a conservative analyst and contributor for "the daily collar." boris, thanks for being here today. >> good morning. >> so i want to start about this resurgence of the birthers possibly. you have this congressman who is saying there are enough votes in the house to impeach obama over his birth certificate. these are your people, right? >> they aren't my people. michael jordan is my people. >> why would they want to bring this back up? at some point, doesn't it just make them look bad? >> it does just make them look bad. it's stupid. it should go away. it's a nonis
into today's top political stories. and for that, we're joined by politico's seven surreally in washington. >> happy friday right back at you. >> the rnc has been holding their summer meeting in boston the last few days and politico says the party is in worse shape now than they were right after the presidential elections. why? >> they're holed up in boston but it's no tea party. i think that really when it comes down to is two things, technology and the future. the obama campaign in 2008 and 2012, they had an amazing incredible technology outreach. those e-mails that you get in your inbox can asking for donations raised big bucks for the dras and republicans are still playing catchup. also they need to transition i think in voter outreach as they look to reach out to minority groups like hispanics which we've heard a lot about from the right. >> george w. bush's daughter barb brack recently told "people" magazine she would like to see hillary clinton run for president in 2016 after her grandmother barbara recently said we've already had too many bushes in the white house. all of this can'
known, a time when hundreds of thousands marched on washington for jobs and freedom and martin luther king jr. rallied the nation to change peacefully. >> we must ever conduct our struggle on the high plain of dignity and discipline. we must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence. >> reporter: 50 years later, dr. king's "i have a dream" speech resonates with these kids, and it forms the bulk of what they know about it. even though none of them have heard the whole speech or studied his life in depth, they sill have strong opinions about the man and his legacy. on restraint -- >> he was a nonviolent leader and that took a lot out of him. to be physically hit and touched and not to react in a way, and i don't think i would be able to do that. >> i would want to know how he could take all that punishment and all the anger people took out on him and how he could keep going. >> reporter: on why dr. king is important. >> i never experienced a racial incident. i've never been through that. >> he made it possible for me to go to a privileged school. >> reporter:
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